Spectrum Health Systems held its Annual Meeting on October 14, 2014, at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, Massachusetts. Notable attendees included Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, State Senator Michael Moore, State Representative James O’Day and Hilary Jacobs, Senior Policy Advisor to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Health.

spectrum-annual-meeting-2State Senator Jennifer Flanagan was presented with the Legislator of the Year Award for her leadership in championing legislation to address the opioid abuse crisis in the Massachusetts.
 
Presenting the award, Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris said, “As Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Drug Abuse and Treatment Options, Senator Flanagan listened to months of input from families, patients, doctors, addicts, treatment providers, substance abuse counselors, insurance companies, and anyone who has seen the terrible impact drug addiction can have on a community. She really listened, and she acted based on what she heard.”

Chief Operating Officer Kurt Isaacson outlined Spectrum’s recent growth both regionally and nationally -- highlighting the new, state-of-the-art 100-bed, $11.5 million residential facility currently under construction, the opening of the New England Recovery CenterTM in January 2015, and the anticipated addition of several new outpatient treatment centers across Massachusetts.

Also speaking were current Spectrum clients Mary Ellen and Robert, who told the stories of their battles with substance abuse, from being addicted and feeling helpless and alone, to taking the steps necessary and accepting the help and treatment needed to regain their lives.

“I feel like I’m part of the world again, and it’s incredible,” said Robert, who began his treatment at Spectrum’s clinical stabilization services in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and is now nearing completion of long-term residential treatment at Spectrum’s Westborough, Massachusetts treatment campus.

At the meeting, David Grenier, president of Cutler Capital Management, was re-elected Chair of the Spectrum Board of Trustees. David Felper, a partner at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, was elected Vice Chair. Verilyn Mitchell, vice president for real estate planning and development at the MassDevelopment Finance Agency was elected Secretary, and Rev. Susan Suchocki-Brown, of the First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster, was re-elected Assistant Secretary. Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris was re-elected as Board President and Chief Financial Officer Janet Langlois was re-elected Treasurer.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider.  In addition to Massachusetts, Spectrum operates programs in Rhode Island, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Tennessee and Washington State – serving more than 45,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.